This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.
I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.
Genetic genealogy can reveal surprises. Is a misattributed parentage in your tree or in that of your match? Learn how to find out.
Three years after losing his mother, this man finds her previously unknown father and three of her siblings through a DNA test.
This woman does a DNA test and discovers 22 half-siblings from the same fertility doctor. One of them was a man with whom she had been intimate.
Pedigree collapse occurs when you descend from the same ancestor(s) through more than one path. When present, you may share more DNA than expected with another person.
Searching for his biological sister, this man finds a half-sister living in the same small town. Their kids already knew each other.
More ugly news following the data breach at 23andMe. Hackers specifically targeted people with Chinese or Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and sold their data.
Some of the features that were included for all with an Ancestry DNA test now require one of two subscription types.
At 83, he did not who his parents were or his given name. He was a man without roots until a DNA match gave him a family.
That's the title of Susan Ito’s memoir. This book delves deeply into the origins of this half-Japanese adoptee.
Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy and Familial DNA Searching are both used in solving crimes. But they are not the same thing. Learn the difference.
Diahan Southard interviews the founders of DNA Angels, a non-profit organization that helps adoptees find birth parents using DNA tests.
My DNA Favorites website includes extra pages for adoptees. One page explains how to find birth parents and siblings through DNA testing. Another includes more than 75 links to adoptee resources such as Facebook groups, books, websites, blog posts, and articles.
Once 23andMe removed access to shared matches and segment data, some other DNA testing companies followed. Jonny Perl of DNA Painter tracks the situation here.
Something called "crossover" can result in unexpected results in genetic genealogy DNA testing. This article explains why.
Genetic genealogy DNA testing has made it impossible for sperm donors to remain anonymous. Here's why that's a good thing.
This DNA success story was reported in People Magazine.
Conceived during a wartime romance, this woman finally identified her biological father and gained a large extended family.
Facebook is the epicenter for discussions about DNA testing. Here are some of the most useful DNA Facebook groups organized by category.
DNA testing companies have paused or deleted some features like those exploited at 23andMe. Roberta Estes has summarized the affected features by company.
In a recent post, I shared part one of a remarkable journey that resulted from DNA testing. Now you can watch the conclusion in this video.
Now MyHeritage lets you create a Wikipedia-like biography for any ancestor using Artificial Intelligence and enrich it with historical context. Learn more here.
MyHeritage has introduced the World’s First AI Chat-Based Search Engine for Historical Records. Learn more about it, see examples, and give it a try.
What can you do with genetic genealogy? I answer that question and introduce the different test types on this new Wiki page.
Ethnicity estimates often show unexpected results. Here's my summary of why this happens and what you can learn from such testing.
What can you do with the DNA matches you find from doing a DNA test? My page on the new MyHeritage Wiki provides a concise summary.